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This post was pulled in its entirety from an email, I recieved from a conservative friend in ME.
The presidential primary season is finally over, and it is now time for gun owners to take a careful look at just where apparent nominee BarackObama stands on issues related to the Second Amendment. During the primaries, Obama tried to hide behind vague statements of support for “sportsmen” or unfounded claims of general support for the right to keep and bear arms. But his real record, based on votes taken, political associations, and long standing positions, shows that BarackObama is a serious threat to Second Amendment liberties. Don’t listen to his campaign rhetoric! Look instead to what he has said and done during his entire political career.
FACT: BarackObama voted against the confirmation of 2 of the 5 Justices that affirmed an individual right to keep and bear arms.
FACT: BarackObama voted to allow reckless lawsuits designed to bankrupt the firearms industry.1
FACT: BarackObama wants to re-impose the failed and discredited Clinton Gun Ban.15
FACT: BarackObama voted to ban almost all rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting.3
FACT:BarackObama has endorsed a 500% increase in the federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition.9
FACT: BarackObama has endorsed a complete ban on handgun ownership.2
FACT: BarackObama supports local gun bans in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other cities.4
FACT: BarackObama voted to uphold local gun bans and the criminal prosecution of people who use firearms in self-defense.5
FACT: BarackObama supports gun owner licensing and gun registration.6
FACT: BarackObama refused to sign a friend-of-the-court Brief in support of individual Second Amendment rights in the Heller case.
FACT: BarackObama opposes Right to Carry laws.7
FACT: BarackObama was a member of the Board of Directors of the Joyce Foundation, the leading source of funds for anti-gun organizations and “research.”8
FACT: BarackObama supported a proposal to ban gun stores within 5 miles of a school or park, which would eliminate almost every gun store in America.9
FACT: BarackObama voted not to notify gun owners when the state of Illinois did records searches on them.10
FACT: BarackObama voted against a measure to lower the Firearms Owners Identification card age minimum from 21 to 18, a measure designed to assist young people in the military.11
FACT: BarackObama favors a ban on standard capacity magazines.12
FACT: BarackObama supports repeal of the Tiahrt Amendment, which prohibits information on gun traces collected by the BATFE from being used in reckless lawsuits against firearm dealers and manufacturers.14
2. Independent Voters of Illinois/Independent Precinct Organization general candidate questionnaire, Sept. 9, 1996. The responses on this survey were described in “Obama had greater role on liberal survey,” Politico, March 31, 20087. (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/9269.html)
5. Illinois Senate, March 25, 2004 SB 2165, vote 20.
6. In the Illinois Senate, Obama sponsored SB-1136, which would have amended Illinois licensing laws by increasing the requirements for the Illinois Firearm Owners Identification card. When asked about registration during the Nevada Democratic debate on January 17, 2008, Obama did not oppose it, but simply stated, “I don’t think that we can get that done.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/15/us/politics/15demdebate-transcript.html?pagewanted=all)
7. “Candidates' gun control positions may figure in Pa. vote,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wednesday, April 2, 2008, and "Keyes, Obama Are Far Apart On Guns," Chicago Tribune,
A new poll question had been added. "Who will Senator McCain Choose as a running mate?" Think you have the answer? Then scroll down to the poll question at the bottom and pick your choice. If your choice is not listed, please indicate in a comment who you'd like see as a choice.
In the previous poll question "Should congress remove the ban on off shore oil drilling?" 100% of respondents answered yes. Well I guess it's clear on that issue, it's a shame this issue isn't as simple for Speaker Pelosi.
A new poll question will be added soon, so please come on by and leave your vote.
What more can be said about the former NC Senator and VP / Presidential candidate John Edwards who Rush Limbaugh once called "the Breck Girl". Well we know that he is a lying cheating degenerate who cheated on his wife and lied to all of American about this issue and god only knows what else.
Well did you know that he is taking a play right out of the Kennedy play book? Yes indeed, the former senator is using one that goes all the way back to the Mary Joe Kopechne case. Senator Teddy Kennedy cried to the roof tops that he wanted an autopsy showing cause of death to clear his name. Well that would be admirable if it weren't for the fact that the family had Mary Joe promptly buried and as a result Teddy knew that he could talk all he wanted to about the autopsy and if would never happen. How does this tie to the former senator you might ask? Well you see, like most Clintons, I mean people caught in lies, you've got to have a strategy to spin off suspicion. John Edwards finally admitted to the extra marital affair with Ms. Rielle Hunter whom he hired for video work during his campaign. Mr. Edwards tried to avoid the secondary questions about who the father was of Ms. Hunters baby was. This, you see is where he pulled a Kennedy. Mr. Edwards said to anyone who would listen, "I want a paternity test to clear my name." Sound familiar? It should. Mr. Edward knew the answer to this question before it was asked. You see the law is pretty clear on this matter. The mother must consent to a paternity test in order for one to occur. Ms. Hunter has absolutely refused to allow any paternity test to occur, which Johnny knew long before he ever asked the question. As long as Ms. Hunter refuses to allow a paternity test to occur, Mr. Edwards can keep asking for this test knowing full well he has nothing to worry about because she is not going to throw him off the Chappaquiddick Bridge in a locked car. Her insistence to not allow a paternity test leads me to believe that some back door deal (no pun intented, seriously) has been reached and I doubt the Ms. Hunter will have any financial problems for quite some time or Mr. Edwards is really good at things other than lying, combing his hair, and single handily raising malpractice insurance for OB GYN's all over America.
Oh and hear is the icing on the cake. The video's that Ms. Hunter made for Mr. Edwards during his bid for the Democrat primary win never seem to have been used and it's questionable how Ms. Hunters services (pun very much indented) were paid for and whether or not campaign funds were used? If Mr. Edwards used campaign funds in an inappropriate manner, then he has much bigger problems than a kid with Ms. Hunter, such as a possible federal indictment.
There are two real victims in this story. the first is Mrs. Elizabeth Edwards who while lying in a hospital bed with cancer, had a husband betraying her trust with another woman. The second is the baby in this story, who may never know who dad is, and will whose mother is a tramp.
Even By Trial Lawyer Standards, Edwards a Real Sleazbag
If the video doesn't play properly you can also watch ithere.
We truly owe it all to the brave men and women shown here as well as those before and after. We are positively blessed to have so many Americans proud and eager to wear the uniform and go forth in tremendous danger and adversity to serve this county whenever and wherever needed.
Thanks to the courageousness of patriots like these two men, we don't question our right to discuss things in open forums such as this blog.
OK, I initially wasn't going to make this a "Part 2", but it just fit too much not to. Some anti-energy folks from the group MoveOn.org went to DC to protest energy and actually stated that they wanted gas prices north of $10.00 per gallon and even stated that demand going above supply is good. American For Prosperity sent some of their own people there along with cameras to capture this activity. I was amazed to see the video taken by AFP of these activities. This was originally posted by SWAC Girl and can be watched on her blog here.
There was one person in the MoveOn.org group who said that congress should reconvene and went as far as to say that there should be an "up of down" vote on this issue. I'm sure immediately following the on camera interview, he was told to leave for the crime of free thought and inadequate consumption of the "Kool Aid".
Would you like to save money or spend none at all on your taxes, DMV costs, medical expenses, and college tuition, just to name a few? Well you can have all of these things by simply becoming an illegal alien. OK not really. There is no way to get these things for free (legally at least), but Mr. Donald Ruppert of Burlington, IA actually sent the following letter to Senator Tom Harkin about this very issue.
"The Honorable Tom Harkin 731 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC , 20510 Phone (202) 224 3254
Dear Senator Harkin,
As a native Iowan and excellent customer of the Internal Revenue Service, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to determine the process for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you. My primary reason for wishing to change my status from U.S.Citizen to illegal alien stems from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and for which you voted. If my understanding of this bill's provisions is accurate, as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, all I need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxes for three of the last five years. I know a good deal when I see one and I anxious to get the process started before everyone figures it out.Simply put, those of us who have been here legally have had to pay taxes every year so I'm excited about the prospect of avoiding two years of taxes in return for paying a $2,000 fine. Is there anyway that I can apply to be illegal retroactively? This would yield an excellent result for me and my family because we paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005. Additionally, as an illegal alien I could begin using the local emergency room as my primary health care provider. Once I have stopped paying premiums for medical insurance, my accountant figures I could save almost $10,000 a year.Another benefit in gaining illegal status would be that my daughter would receive preferential treatment relative to her law school applications, as well as "in-state" tuition rates for many colleges throughout the United States for my son.Lastly, I understand that illegal status would relieve me of the burden of renewing my driver's license and making those burdensome car insurance premiums. This is very important to me given that I still have college age children driving my car. If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become illegal (retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would be most appreciative. Thank you for you r assistance.
Your Loyal Constituent, Donald Ruppert Burlington, IA
Get your Forms (NOW)!! Call your Internal Revenue Service 1-800-289-1040"
Now this is funny stuff, but does make you think about the realities of illegal immigration and what it actually cost those of us who pay our taxes, DMV expenses, medical bills, and everything else that many legal Americans pay everyday.
There will be a rather large freshman class in both the House and Senate scheduled to be sworn in January of 2009. 44 People will be leaving or have already left Congress and Senate due to death, retirement, resignment, and in some cases criminal investigations. Some of these known absences have already been filled by special elections, but those filling them will still be considered "freshmen" in 111th Congress which convenes in January. These numbers affect Republican held positions more than Democratic positions and include such political power players as former Speaker of the House Rep. Dennis Hastert and former Presidential candidate Rep. Duncan Hunter one resignation, the other as a result of retirement. Both sides will aggressively go after each and everyone of these positions. The Democrats currently hold majorities in both the House and Senate, but neither is by large numbers and they would like nothing better than to put some depth in the bench so to speak. The Democrats are clearly taking this election season seriously and have opened an unprecedented 6 regional offices here in the 6th Congressional District to support their candidate Mr. Sam Rasoul in his bid to unseat Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte who has run un-challenged for many years. The following list shows the 44 in seats mentioned:
House of Representatives: Alabama: Rep. Bud Cramer (D). Retiring Alabama: Rep. Terry Everett (R). Retiring Arizona: Rep. Rick Renzi (R). Retiring and under federal indictment. Arizona: Rep. John Shadegg (R). NOT Retiring: Convinced by colleagues to reverse earlier decision to not seek re-election California: Rep. John Doolittle (R). Retiring California: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R). Retiring California: Rep. Tom Lantos (D). Died. Rep. Jackie Speier (D) sworn in after winning special election California: Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D). Died. Laura Richardson (D) seated after August 2007 special election Colorado: Rep. Tom Tancredo (R). Retiring Colorado: Rep. Mark Udall (D). Vacating seat to run for Senate Florida: Rep. Dave Weldon (R). Retiring Georgia: Rep. Charlie Norwood (R). Died. Paul Broun (R) seated in July 2007 special election Illinois: Rep. Dennis Hastert (R). Resigned.Bill Foster (D) sworn in after winning March special election Illinois: Rep. Ray Lahood (R). Retiring Illinois: Rep. Jerry Weller (R). Retiring Indiana: Julia Carson (D). Died. Carson's grandson, Andre Carson (D), seated in special election Louisiana: Rep. Richard Baker (R). Resigning.Don Cazayoux (D), wins May special election Louisiana: Rep. Bobby Jindal (R). Elected Governor. Steve Scalise (R) wins May special election Louisiana: Rep. Jim McCrery (R). Retiring Maine: Rep. Tom Allen (D). Vacating seat to run for Senate Maryland: Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R). Defeated in Republican primary UPDATED JUNE 19: Maryland: Rep. Al Wynn (D). Defeated in February Democratic primary by Donna Edwards. Wynn retired before end of term, allowing Edwards to compete in June special election, which she won. Edwards sworn in Massachusetts: Rep. Martin Meehan (D). Resigned. Niki Tsongas (D) seated in October 2007 special election Minnesota: Rep. Jim Ramstad (R). Retiring Mississippi: Rep. Chip Pickering (R). Retiring Mississippi: Rep. Roger Wicker (R). Appointed to Senate.Travis Childers (D) seated after May 2008 special election Missouri: Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R). Vacating seat to run for governor New Jersey: Rep. Mike Ferguson (R). Retiring New Jersey: Rep. Jim Saxton (R). Retiring New Mexico: Rep. Steve Pearce (R). Vacating seat to run for Senate New Mexico: Rep. Tom Udall (D). Vacating seat to run for Senate New Mexico: Rep. Heather Wilson (R). Vacating seat to run for Senate New York: Rep. Vito Fossella (R). Retiring New York: Rep. Mike McNulty (D). Retiring New York: Rep. Thomas Reynolds (R). Retiring New York: Rep. Jim Walsh (R). Retiring Ohio: Rep. Paul Gillmor (R). Died. Robert Latta (R) seated in December 2007 special election Ohio: Rep. David Hobson (R). Retiring Ohio: Rep. Deborah Pryce (R). Retiring Ohio: Rep. Ralph Regula (R). Retiring Oregon: Rep. Darlene Hooley (D). Retiring. Pennsylvania: Rep. John Peterson (R). Retiring Virginia: Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R). Died. Robert Wittman (R) seated after December 2007 special election Virginia: Rep. Tom Davis (R). Retiring Wyoming: Rep. Barbara Cubin (R). Retiring In the Senate ... Those who have left, leaving, or have died, by state: Colorado: Sen. Wayne Allard (R). Retiring Idaho: Sen. Larry Craig (R). Retiring Mississippi: Sen. Trent Lott (R) Retired. Rep. Roger Wicker (R) seated by gubernatorial appointment Nebraska: Sen. Chuck Hagel (R). Retiring New Mexico: Sen. Pete Domenici (R). Retiring Virginia: Sen. John Warner (R). Retiring Wyoming: Sen. Craig Thomas (R). Died. John Barrasso (R) seated by gubernatorial appointment
This list shows that there many important political races going on all throughout America as well as the races many of us follow and are involved in right in VA.
If you believe in the conservative movement, if you believe in Ronald Reagan's vision, if your concerned with our energy crisis, and if your very nervous about Americas future in the hands or people like Sen. Obama, Majority Leader Reid, and Speaker Pelosi than you must stand and be heard.
Seek out your local Republican Committee and tell them that you want to help support candidates the take Americas future serious and have solutions not platitudes.
I've ruminating on this post for several days because I really try to avoid charactor assination and high BP enducing rants, however I feel if a rant is how this gets said, than so be it.
I don't know where to start but I'm highly irritated with the Speaker of the House Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, so lets start there. This congressperson (godforbid I use a gender specific term and offend her) has MISARABLY FAILED the people she is swown to serve. Speaker Pelosi spends nearly all of her time blaming both President Bush and the Respublicans of both congress and senate (I didn't know Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needed help with that) for everything from global warming to the price of gas and everything inbetween (I would not be surpriced to see her blame them for a run in her hose). News Flash Speaker, you've had some of the lowest approval ratings of any speaker since they started recording such things and at one point only 11% percent of Americans approved of your Congressional leadership. In case you forgot, this is the same Speaker who actually listed changing the names of post offices as a priority for Congress. I could list the utterly questionable things she has done all day long, such as telling the Admiral of the Pacific Fleet Command to move all Navy vessels from the harbor area around San Franciso because of the "visual plight" they create, but don't want carpal tunnel that bad. Lets focus on things everyone knows about like closing congress when key issues had not been dealt with like GAS PRICES. She ordered the lights turned off, microphones turned off, and even C-Span cameras shut off. Why would she do this you might ask, when such important issues are still on the table? She did this because she knows that her completly indefenceable position on oil drilling and getting us away from foriegn oil would likely be the begining of the end for the Pelosi dynasty. Speaker Pelosi knows that if domestic oil exploration and drilling were to get an actual "Up or Down" vote in congress she could no longer hide behind smoke and mirrors. The Speaker has flat out told members of congress that this vote will never happen. She knows that if it does, there are enough Republicans and isle crossing Democrats to pass which then puts those against it on a formal roll call. The Speaker won't do this in such a contentious political season because she knows that Americans who are tired of paying $4.50 per gallon (yes even Prius drivers pay this) for gas will hold members of congress responsible who vote against this.
Since the Speaker shut the doors and turned off the lights she has been intervied several times and has refused to give an honest or straight forward answer to her actions. Oh, but wait, I'm wrong, she has answered this question: WE HAVE A PLANET TO SAVE which she repeats till she is red in the face. Some information on this can be seen here:
As the Speaker has stated and shown in reported interviews she cares more for her and her cronies political survival than she does for the people she is sworn to serve. She goes as far as to admit that Americans don't support her point or view and that it will make them vulnerable in elections.
It drives me nuts that people can't see what these democrats are doing our country and the embarassments we deal with through there leadership (lack there of). If your as ticked off as I am, go here and sign the petition at http://www.callcongressback.com/ to force Speaker Pelosi and the other Democrats back to Congress to do their Jobs.
Kudos to Lynn Mithchell over at ***SWAC Girl*** for recently being listed at Blog Net News as the most influential conservative blogger in VA. At the time of this blog post, she was 3rd overall in VA, which is quite a feat in and of itself. This is quite an accomplishment when you consider the number of conservative bloggers in VA who frequently (some multiple times per day) post their comments and opinions on a number of important issues.
For those of you who know Lynn, you know that she is deeply passionate about the grassroots conservative movement, family issues, 2nd Amendment rights, and home schooling just to name a few. When Lynn starts on a passion / project she puts more time, interest, and quite frankly soul into it than most people ever will on any project in their lives. Lynn deeply believes in the candidates and causes she supports and the candidates all take her seriously and ALL want her support.
Well I guess this proves that the alternative media (including bloggers) have considerable influence and readership. This might upset certain newspaper editors (who will remain nameless for fear of a lawsuit.) One comment on the aforementioned editor: GROW UP!
The Republican Party and specifically the Shenandoah Valley area are very lucky to have Lynn in our midst.
Priceless was the only thing I could think of when this was sent to me from a friend.
"If you ever testify in court, you might wish you could have been as sharp as this policeman. He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the policeman's credibility... Q: "Officer -- did you see my client fleeing the scene?" A: "No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away." Q: "Officer -- who provided this description?" A: "The officer who responded to the scene." Q: "A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?" A: "Yes, sir. With my life." Q: "With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?" A: "Yes sir, we do!" Q: "And do you have a locker in the room?" A: "Yes sir, I do." Q: "And do you have a lock on your locker?" A: "Yes sir." Q: "Now why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?" A: "You see, sir -- we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room." The courtroom EXPLODED with laughter, and a prompt recess was called."
I simply couldn't resist passing this on to all of you. I laughed so hard, I nearly split a rib.
"A woman from Los Angeles, who was a tree hugger and an anti-hunter, purchased a piece of timberland, near Grants Pass, OR. There was a large tree on one of the highest points in the tract. She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land so she started to climb the big tree. As she neared the top she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her. In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch. In considerable pain, she hurried to the nearest doctor. She told him she was an environmentalist and an anti-hunter and how she came to get all the splinters. The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then told her to go into the examining room and he would see if he could help her. She sat and waited three hours be fore the doctor reappeared. The angry woman demanded, 'What took you so long?' The doctor replied, 'Well, I had to get permits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a recreational area. I'm sorry, but they turned me down."
As Larry The Cable Guy often says "that's funny, I don't care who you are".